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Communities step up to help homeless

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In September, Birmingham’s only permanent night shelter will open its doors to homeless people in Birmingham, offering shelter, warmth and a hot meal alongside support to move on. Tabor House won’t just offer a bed – it will enable homeless people to regain control of their lives. It needs volunteers to make it work, so the plea went out to the people of Birmingham to help. And they responded in their droves.

On 13 July, Father Hudson’s Care and other partners involved in Tabor House held an open evening for potential volunteers to find out more about how they can get involved. Eighty people from the local community, nearby parishes and members of the public filled St Anne’s Catholic Church in Digbeth to show their support.

Christy Acton, Deputy Community Projects Manager at Father Hudson’s Care, spoke about what Tabor House will do and explained the recruitment process. The crowds then split up into smaller groups to talk to staff from Father Hudson’s and the Tabor House Committee about their interest in the project.

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Mehrdad Nadershahi, Volunteer Manager at Father Hudson’s Care, said, “It was great to see people from such diverse backgrounds wanting to help. It really showed the love that people have for this project.”

People from all walks of life came to offer their help, including senior university staff, students, nurses, retirees and many more. One potential volunteer told Mehrdad that having seen the number of homeless people in Birmingham she felt she needed to come and do something to help.

Mehrdad said, “It was a great evening; a very successful launch.”

There are still opportunities for people to get involved, with spaces for about twenty more volunteers. To find out more about the different roles available, visit the volunteering page. Or for more information, contact Christy Acton on 01675 434064 or email christyacton@fatherhudsons.org.uk

 

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